Three single ladies out for a holiday
theater outing lived
to describe their experience at the Mr. Bluebeard
Forty-three-year-old Margaret Apgar worked as a
stenographer, thirty-one-year-old Wilma “Winnie” Hensey as a bookkeeper* and thirty-year-old Rosa E.
Moody as a nurse.*
In 1900 Margaret and Winnie had lodged at 400 Chestnut
Street in Chicago. Sometime between 1900 and 1903
Margaret moved to Raton, New Mexico and Winnie moved
to the Auditorium Hotel. The Stewart A. Apgar
(1867-1948) family lived in Raton and Margaret may
have been Stewart’s sister; his second daughter was
named Margaret, possibly after her aunt.
Margaret took a job as a stenographer for the First
National Bank in Raton in April, 1903.
The 1893 World’s Fair had produced an explosion of
new hotels in Chicago, most offering a bath in every
Auditorium, designed with older custom of shared
bathrooms, could not compete and was forced to
appeal to extended-stay boarders.
Rosa Moody, a Louisiana native, boarded on Superior
Street in 1900. In April, 1911 she married Alexander
Robertson, a banker. Her father was the late Col.
(or Cpt.) William M. Moody of Terrebonne parish and
the town of Tigerville Gibson in Louisiana, possibly
connected with the Live Oak sugar cane plantation. She and Alexander
lived in Louisiana for
a time, then moved to California where she died in 1953.